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 January 20, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will air complete coverage Jan. 21 of the largest pro-life event of the year, the 2014 March for Life in Washington, D.C. The huge get-together will begin with the opening Mass of the Prayer Vigil for Life from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 3:30 p.m. The closing Mass of the Vigil will air at 4:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Afterward the March for Life itself will begin at 6 a.m. Jan. 22 and will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Jan. 22.

EWTN will also provide live coverage Jan. 25 of the Walk for Life West Coast from San Francisco of speeches and interviews of pro-life leaders and other participants in the walk. It will air live from 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, and be rebroadcast at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26. All times from Washington, D.C., and San Francisco are Pacific Time. EWTN is carried on Comcast 229, AT&T 562, Astound 80 and 116, San Bruno Cable 143, Dish Satellite 261 and DirecTV 370.

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Around the Parishes

The Gospel Choir from St. Benedict Church in Oakland will provide music at the Annual Martin L. King Day Celebration at noon on Jan. 20 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek. The keynote speaker, Rev. Kamal Hassan, from the Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond, will talk about "An Inconvenient Hero." The event is sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

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Around the Schools

Richmond's Salesian High girls basketball team (ranked No. 7, Cal-Hi Sports) made headlines by upsetting Malcolm X. Shabazz-Newark, N.J., one of the top teams in the nation. Salesian reached the semi-finals, where they fell to Stockton's St. Mary's High School.

Students at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High collected gently used towels and blankets from Jan. 13 to 17 for a towel and blanket drive to benefit local animal shelters.

Three students at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward made it into the American Choral Directors Association All-State Choir. They are: Julia Chapman, soprano 1; Jacquelyn Garcia, soprano 2; and Angelo Busgano, alto 1.

Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley opened January with several outstanding basketball victories, including the Panther girls' varsity 55-41 win over Mater Dei High School in the Real Run Classic tournament in Pasadena on Jan. 3. Mater Dei had been ranked #1 in the state and the nation.

During Advent, Saint Mary's High students donated 1,261 pairs of men's socks to the Berkeley Catholic Worker house, 274 gently used coats and jackets to St. Anthony's in San Francisco, and more than 40 pounds of toiletries to the St. Vincent De Paul Center in Oakland. Students also marked the end of Saint Mary's Sesquicentennial Year by raising a remarkable $63,000 for tuition assistance and various student life initiatives — the most ever raised in the annual student fundraiser. On Dec. 7, students and faculty members volunteered at the Dominican Sisters' annual Olive Harvest at Mission San Jose in Fremont.

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Among the Religious

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in San Lorenzo walked to the Buddhist Temple, (Compassion Meditation Center), in Hayward Jan. 19 to attend the blessing of a Peace Pole in a show of support for peace in the local community. The event was part of the Peace Pole Project, which is sponsored by the Interfaith Peace Project and the United Nations. The project has provided peace poles, engraved with the words, "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in different languages, to churches, universities and other groups throughout the world as monuments to peace. The Maryknoll community, which also received a peace pole, will bless its peace pole on March 9. More details will be announced. For more information contact Kris East at the Maryknoll Center, 510-276-5021 or keast@maryknoll.org.

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